Today was a great day in terms of not being distracted by negative thoughts, however in terms of motivation, it was a zero.  I didn’t lose ground but I didn’t gain much ground either.

Staying up late for the Super Bowl didn’t help my energy and I was exhausted doing basic exercises at the gym.

I managed to soldier through the day with little physical energy, however, I spaced out badly at times due to lack of interest and getting tired of minutia.  I need to strengthen the muscle that can help me help move a group along towards a resolution rather than tuning out.

Going to sleep early tonight and come back rested for tomorrow.

I learned a great deal this week in terms of going easy on my expectations as well as knowing when to push myself.

The request before bed to my subconscious to help focus during the day seems to help a little bit as well.

I’ve learned that it takes the right combination of physical preparedness, planning and correct mindset to function at a high level for long stretches of time.  For me, missing one of those “legs” of the stool can break down my day.

I’m going to continue to try and optimize all 3…

Stay tuned…

PS  I have recently purchased The Art of Focus from Shane Parrish of the Farnam Street Blog.  I’ll be doing an in-depth review later.

Disappointing day… I enjoyed being distracted rather than focusing and making progress.

There is no worse feeling than letting yourself down.

I am grateful I have higher expectations for myself and don’t feel proud of finishing the day with little to show for it.

I had too much time and spent it doing easy but unimportant tasks instead of important and uncomfortable tasks which would help me grow.

The silver lining is that taking the easy way out feels disappointing and I am very clearly feeling that.

Taking negative thoughts and turning them into positive thoughts worked well today.

I kept a reminder open on my email and it seemed to work well.

A lot of the positive momentum might be temporary and beginner’s luck but I enjoyed “catching” the thoughts and turning them into something positive rather than follow them somewhere dark and negative.

The second test, the request to my subconscious seemed to work as well.  My request to my subconscious was to have more focus and fewer distractions at work.  I had better than average focus and I was able to gently bring my attention back to focus if my mind drifted away.

Some of this might be chalked up to “having a good day”.  I will continue to apply these two lessons and see where it takes me!

Over the next 30 days, I will be doing two 30-day trials:

  1. Eliminating negative thought patterns
  2. Making a request to my subconscious each night before bed

The motivation for #1 is to avoid staying in negative thought patterns.  I am skeptical about being able to flip negative thought patterns but I am going to try this technique for 30 days.

Josh Korda talks about something similar when he discusses replacing an unskillful thought with a more skillful one.

The motivation for #2 is to see if there is any benefit to be had from the subconscious working overnight.

For eliminating negative thought patterns, I found the following excerpt very interesting:

Instead of trying to resist the negative thought pattern, you will redirect it. Think of it like mental kung fu. Take the energy of the negative thought and rechannel it into a positive thought. With a little mental conditioning, whenever the negative thought occurs, your mind will automatically flow into the linked positive thought. It’s similar to Pavlov’s dogs learning to salivate when the bell rang.

Step 1: Turn the negative thought into a mental image.
Step 2: Select an empowering replacement thought.
Step 3: Turn the positive thought into a mental image.
Step 4: Mentally chain the two images together.
Step 5: Test.

This type of mental conditioning gave me a lot more conscious control over my internal states.

I will report back periodically.  I am very excited to try these out!

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